Did you see that speech last night? Yeah, me neither, but apparently Obama is a hero.
Mark Murray, a guy you never heard of but who is the senior political editor for NBC News, tweeted this morning:
Obama's ending on Remsburg wasn't just a story about America -- it also was a story about Obama. Nothing has ever come easy
Remsburg is Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, who was severely injured in his 10th deployment (not a typo) while in Afghanistan. A roadside bomb went off, leaving Remsburg face down, shrapnel in his brain. He was in a coma for three months, and when he woke up, he was unable to move or speak. After having dozens of surgeries, and working through six hours of occupational, physical, and speech therapy every single day, he can stand, speak, and walk. All this from a guy who when he was 17 years old, wanted to enlist, but his father wouldn't sign the papers. So he joined the Army on his 18th birthday. The man is a freaking hero.
And Congress treated him like a hero. At last night's State of the Union address, he got the night's longest standing ovation.
Are you kidding me? Yes, Mark Murray. Obama is just like Cory Remsburg. As Sean Agnew wrote:
@mmurraypolitics You couldn't even honor a soldier, a war hero, without making it about Obama. your cult mentality knows no bounds
Nothing in [Obama's] seven years on the national political stage (2007-2014) has come easy. The 2008 race for the Democratic nomination. Even that general election. The health-care law. The re-election campaign. And now the president’s current situation in which he finds himself bloodied and bruised after the botched health-care rollout. Perseverance is an important quality for any president.
Yes, that is exactly like Cory Remsburg. Obama found himself "bloodied" in a healthcare battle; the Army vet was in a coma, pieces of metal lodged in his brain.
This disgusting example shows the lengths that the so-called journalists in the mainstream media will go to to puff up and fluff up President Obama. Small surprise Murray is NBC's head editor of politics.
But really, if the standard, in Murray's view, for being a political hero like Cory Remsburg is to struggle and win two national elections and get some hard-fought policies passed, then George W. Bush certainly clears that standard easily. A quick comparison:
In 2008, Obama won 53% of the vote. In 2000, Bush won by barely more than a thousand votes in Florida. A bruising electoral battle if there ever was one in our lifetime.
But in 2012, Obama struggled, winning with "just" 51%. Bush would've loved to have a 51% landslide. Instead, he started his term with a Supreme Court decision forced by Democrat sore losers. With his legitimacy questioned, was hardly in a position to lead the nation forward. Yet, when 9/11 happened, he forged our country together and bravely stood on rubble of the fallen towers and gave a speech without a teleprompter that inspired and helped heal millions.
Obama passed a healthcare law.
Bush passed a healthcare law, too, Mark. He worked with Congress to pass the Medicare prescription drug benefit that helped subsidize the cost of prescription drugs. This is not to say that this was necessarily a good thing, but the point is, he got it done. (Bush also went to Congress for authorization -- and got it -- for the war in Iraq, unlike this president who was ready to bomb Syria while going around Congress, but that's another topic).
Bush also pushed forward in Iraq to win the battle, authorizing a surge of troops in 2007 that was unpopular, even with some Republicans. Bush was (using Murray's word) bruised in the polls as the American death toll climbed in 2007, but the military objective was completed. Nevermind that Obama squandered all the blood in treasure American servicemen sacrificed by letting Al-Qaeda re-take Fallujah and Ramadi.
So if the hacks at NBC News are going to define political "hero" as: winning two hard-fought campaigns, courageously leading the country, getting a key policy objective accomplished, and withstanding the barrage of criticism of setbacks, they should be putting Bush 43 on a pedestal.
But according to the MSM, if Obama wins big, it's a heroic landslide and he has a mandate. If he wins small, he's bruised and scrappy.
Instead, the president is just small.
And Obama looks even more miniscule when compared to a true American hero, 10 deployments and all, such as Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg.